Marcel Allbritton, PhD, is a clinical Yoga Therapist, consultant, and coach. Marcel combines his work with Yoga Therapy, Meditation, and Traditional Healing Systems with his expertise in Organizational Development and Communication (organizational, group, and interpersonal).
Marcel works with individual and organizational clients through private yoga therapy sessions, one-on-one lessons in vedic chanting and yoga sutras, personal and organizational coaching sessions, presentations, and workshops. Marcel created the Professional Core Resonance™ Process.
Yoga Therapist Experience
Yoga Therapist with clinical practice since 2010 seeing Yoga Therapy clients 3 days a week.
Mind-Body Practitioner and Yoga Therapist. The Gertonson Institute: A Creating
Wellness Center. Albany, California.
Mind-Body Practitioner and Yoga Therapist. Mind-Body Foundation, San Francisco, California.
Yoga Therapist Intern (May, 2009 – May, 2011) Healing Yoga Foundation (HYF), San Francisco, California. Worked one day a week as intern seeing Yoga Therapy clients.
Yoga Therapy Teacher and Speaker
Small group Yoga Sutras lessons.
One to one Yoga Sutras lessons.
One to one Vedic Chanting lessons.
Co taught Yoga Sutras classes with Chase Bossart in Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Yoga Therapy for Chronic Conditions. Taught weekend workshop for Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University.
Yoga Therapy and Meditation.Taught weekend workshop for Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University.
Yoga Therapy for Chronic Conditions.Taught weekend workshop for Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University.
Adjunct Faculty Member, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
Integrative Health Studies Program
Taught Clinical Application of Mind-Body Medicine for Master’s Program in Integrative Health at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).
Yoga Teacher at Healing Yoga Foundation. San Francisco, California.
Mind-Body Health for Stress Management and Ergonomics Issues. Taught class for Stanford Health Improvement Program, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
Yoga for Stress Reduction and Musculoskeletal Conditions. Taught yoga class designed to address stress and repetitive strain in the workplace for health care workers, social workers, and staff (100 employees). Mission Neighborhood Health Center. San Francisco, CA.
Classic Yoga. Taught weekly Yoga Class focused on stress management, relaxation and renewal. Mind-Body Foundation. San Francisco, California.
Yoga for Wellness. Taught yoga class to support health improving sleep, energy, range of motion and strength. Healing Yoga Foundation. San Francisco, CA.
Mind-Body Health Instructor for social workers working with the homeless and at risk. Classes provided social workers with stress management tools and techniques to support them in their work. Mission Neighborhood Health Center, San Francisco, CA.
Taught yoga for at-risk parents to support good parenting and improved health. Family Services Program, Compass Community Services, San Francisco, CA. Outreach program of Healing Yoga Foundation.
Instructor for small group classes in Yoga Therapy for homeless and at risk women. Mission Neighborhood Health Center, San Francisco, CA.
Knowing Nature Workshop Series. Taught quarterly workshops focused on using the tools and methods of Yoga to support connecting with nature. San Francisco Zen Center (Green Gulch Farm).
Publications, professional presentations, and/or research in the field of yoga therapy
Marcel Allbritton, Carrie Heeter. Five outcome-based meditation apps. Dr, Marcel Allbritton guides you through steps involving breath and gentle motion while you sit comfortably with eyes closed. The meditation designs are grounded in principles of yoga therapy and delivered via the Mindtoon™ framework.
- Space Meditation app, 2015
- Nourishing Meditation app, 2015
- Calming Meditation app, 2014
- Place in Nature Meditation app, 2014
- Releasing Meditation app, 2014
Marcel Allbritton, Carrie Heeter. 10 VR Meditation Experiences for the Guided Meditation VR platform, July 2016. You choose a natural environment. Then you choose a meditation. You are guided through steps involving breath, gentle movement, and attention to relax the body and calm the mind. Each Mindtoon™ VR meditation supports experiencing and cultivating a particular quality: Calming, Stability, Nourishing, Releasing, Comfort, Spaciousness, Energizing, Focus, Clearing, Clarity
Heeter, C., Allbritton, M., Lehto, R., Day. T. (September 19, 2016). “Effects of a 6-week cybermeditation program for hospice professionals on meditation engagement, interoceptive awareness, and compassion fatigue,” Poster to be presented at the Symposium on Yoga Research, Stockbridge, MA, September 19, 2016. And to appear in a supplemental issue of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.
Beach VR Meditation for Embodied Presence, 2015
Marcel Allbritton, Carrie Heeter, Josh Farkas. Beach VR Meditation, created in collaboration with Cubicle Ninjas, demonstrates how meditation can be designed to increase the experience of embodied presence in a virtual world.
Heeter, C., Lehto, R.H., Allbritton, M., & Day, T., & Wiseman, M. (in press). Effects of a Technology-Assisted Meditation Program on Healthcare Providers’ Interoceptive Awareness, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, August 2017, Volume 19, No 4.
Heeter, C., Lehto, R.H., Allbritton, M., & Day, T., & Wiseman, M. (March 23, 2017). Improving professional quality of life for hospice and palliative care health providers: Assessment of a 6-week cybermeditation app program for alleviating compassionate fatigue and burnout. Poster presentation at the 25th annual Greater Lansing Community Research Day. Lansing, MI.
Heeter, C., Lehto, R.H., Allbritton, M., Day, T., Wiseman, M. (2017, April). Evaluation of a 6-Week Cybermeditation App Program on Compassion fatigue and burnout outcomes in Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals. Poster presentation at the 41st Annual MNRS conference. Minneapolis MN.
Lehto, R.H., Heeter, C., Allbritton, M., Day, T., Wiseman, M. (2017, May). Hospice and palliative care providers perceptions about using cybermeditation to combat compassion fatigue: focus group findings. Poster presentation at the 42nd Annual ONS Congress, Denver, CO. [Abstract]. Oncology Nursing Forum, 44 (2), E187. 10.1188/17.ONF.E88.
Heeter, C., Lehto, R.H., Allbritton, M., Day, T., Wiseman, M. (2016, October). 6-Week Cybermeditation App Program Introduces Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals to Meditation and Improves Professional Quality of Life. Poster presentation at the 18th International Psycho-Oncology Society World Congress. [abstract:Psycho-oncology, 25, suppl 3, 137. DOI 10.1002/pon.4272].
Heeter, C., & Allbritton, M. (2015). Being There: Implications of Neuroscience and Meditation for Self-Presence in Virtual Worlds. Journal For Virtual Worlds Research, 8(2).https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283501344_Being_There_Implications_of_Neuroscience_and_Meditation_for_Self-Presence_in_Virtual_Worlds
Heeter, C., & Allbritton, M. (2015). Playing with Presence: How meditation can increase the experience of embodied presence in a virtual world. In proceedings of Foundations of Digital Games, Asilomar, CA.
Yoga Therapy Education
Studies in Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Mentoring, and Vedic Chanting.
Private Studies with Chase Bossart (May 2006 – present )
Two Months Study in India. (January-February, 2015) Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), Chennai, India
- Studies included one month introduction to Yoga course
- Clinical internship observing Yoga Therapist see clients
- (three weeks and over 45 hours of observation)
1000 hour Yoga Therapist Training (January 2007 – December, 2010)Healing Yoga Foundation (HYF), San Francisco, California and Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF), Chennai, India.
500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training,Healing Yoga Foundation. Courses on various topics: Meditation, Yoga Intensives, and Yoga Therapy.
Two Months Study in India. (January-February, 2004) Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), Chennai, India.
Doctor of Philosophy, (PhD) – June, 2007
School of Information Studies
Focus of study: Organizational studies, information science and technology
Masters of Art, (MA) – May 1996
University of New Mexico
Department of Communication and Journalism
Focus of study: Organizational Communication
Bachelors of Art (BA) – December 1992
University of Southwestern Louisiana
Department of Communication and Journalism
Focus of Study: Organizational Communication